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In this series of lessons we are going to take a close look at Pee Wee Crayton's classic 1948 Blues guitar hit, "Blues Ater Hours."  In the third lesson we are going to look at the third and beginning of the fourth chorus of Blues After Hours.

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
texas blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

The first double stop forms for the I are

%X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.12/2.10/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.11/2.10/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.15/2.13/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.5/3.3/1

The double stop forms on the IV chords are

%X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.5/3.3/1 %X/X.X/X.X/X.X/X.8/3.6/1

The next riff on the I is

$4.5 $3.5^v $4. 5 $3.5.$2.5 $3. 3h5p3 $4.5 |

The following riff is

$4.5 $3.3h4 /5 /6 /7 $5.5 | $5./7 $4.5 7^ 7 5 $5./5 $4.4 5 |

The turnaround is the same as last week.  For the start of the 4th chorus, the two chords are

%X/X.X/X.5/1.6/3.5/2.6/4[Gdim] %X/X.X/X.5/3.4/2.3/1.3/1[G]

 

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Thomas Washington
Thomas Washington Jan 16, 2016

Duke, 

At about 6 minutes in you mention "going back to the beginning" to really learn this old school style. I'm wondering what that path looks like, or more particularly, which early artists to follow. Thank you for this lesson. As you mention, it has a foundational component to it--good starting point for early intermediate playing. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 17, 2016

Thomas, Players like Lowell Fulson, T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, Goree Carter, Guitar Slim and many others i can't recall this moment. Try Googling early jump Blues guitarists 1947 to 1955 and you should get more info. Thanks, Duke 

alanj
alanj Jan 30, 2014

I've been backtracking.  I love these Pee Wee lessons! and your words of wisdom. I don't think enough can be said about the originals and the tone and style. I'm always picking up something new!

Robert Ramirez
Robert Ramirez Jul 15, 2013

Duke, I was wondering if you had a chance to review the licks from the YouTube recording of blues after hours below.

Lick 1: 1:07

Lick 2: 1:30

To me they sound different than the licks in your lesson. I'm I correct.

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 17, 2016

Robert, There may be a lick or two that are different, I learned this tune over 40 years ago! but they are Pee Wee licks and fit right in his style. With the exception of this and a few other classics i consider  "Not to be messed with" the point is to get what you can, digest it and make it your own. I'm sorry that those two licks werent excatly from the record. Coping the overall style and feel is much more important. Duke

Robert Ramirez
Robert Ramirez Jun 16, 2013

Duke,

Here are the are the seconds location of the two licks. They were posted on the original comment below the video.

Lick 1: 1:07

Lick 2: 1:30

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jun 15, 2013

Hello Robert, I am confused as to which licks you refer to. If you can tell at what number of seconds the two lick are I may be able to answer you questions. Duke 

Robert Ramirez
Robert Ramirez Jun 15, 2013

The lick in lesson 2 that comes after the T-Bone lick sound nothing like the lick(1) in the PeeWee Crayton youtube clip in lesson 1, and the lick (2) in lesson 3 that comes after the double-stops doesn't sound like the recording either. It sounds like PeeWee is sliding into a portion of the lick you taught. This is just an observation on my part. Which is the original lick?

Lick 1: 1:07

Lick 2: 1:30

 

lterenzi
lterenzi Feb 21, 2012

oops. I meant to say "It has so much to do with things you CANT buy or learn..."

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Feb 21, 2012

Iterenzi, yes alot of that is true for sure. I would love for you to post a vidio for me to check out!

lterenzi
lterenzi Feb 21, 2012

I love the bit you talk about with the old fellas fighting thier guitars, strings, the sloppiness that comes form all that (which I love)

I always say "All us young guns and modern players spend all this money to get the tone of guys who didnt have a damn dollar to thier name and we cant seem to come close"

It has so much to do with things you can buy or learn... 

Another great lesson. One of my all time fav songs. I have a video of me playing with my band. Maybe I'll try to post for you if I muster the courage. :)

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 28, 2012

Thanks Bruce, Although these lessons are on specific songs, you are correct in thinking that you can borrow from any of them as general guitar information to insert anywhere you see fit. Thanks, Duke

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 28, 2012

Rpurser, Thank you very much. Your feedback is important and helpful to these lessons. Duke

Rpurser
Rpurser Jan 27, 2012
Duke, Your lessons are easy to follow, good pacing, and the diagrams help a lot too. It is great to be able to learn these signature licks and the forms behind the style. They may appear simple, but playing it well is about the whole feel, attack, and tone. Great job. Look forward to getting through the whole sequence.
Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 10, 2011

Thanks Bruce, I'm glad you are enjoying my lessons!

Bruce Todd
Bruce Todd Nov 07, 2011

Another great lesson. I think the double-stop passages can be "borrowed" to drop into solos. 

 
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